March 11, 2008


Squirts take 2nd at states

The Economy Paving/Homer Logging/Rick & Rich Towing Squirt Travel youth hockey team finished second in the NYSAHA Tournament that it hosted at the J.M. McDonald Center over the weekend.
The local squad lost to Mohawk Valley 6-3 in the title game, John-Morgan Burhans scoring twice and Julia Brazo once while goalie Gage Eldred made 10 saves. Eldred stopped four shots in a 10-0 shutout over Salmon River to open the tournament, Michael Gibbs and Shea Swartout with two goals and an assist apiece and Matt May with two goals to lead the way. Mike May and Julia Brazo each had a goal and an assist and Sydney Sherman and Sean Sullivan one goal apiece.
In an 11-4 win over Midstate, Swartout had three goals while Sean Sullivan and Matt May scored twice each, Sydney Sherman and Brazo had a goal and two assists apiece and Mike May and Connor Paquin each notched a goal and an assist. Eldred had six saves, and then stopped 25 shots in a 2-0 win over Mohawk Valley in the semifinals, Paquin and Matt May scoring once each.
Two players from Homer are members of the Onondaga Thunder team that won its own tournament over the weekend. Bailey Wood scored two goals in a 3-2 win over Perinton 1 in the championship game, while Tyler Wallace made 16 saves in goal. The Thunder beat Perinton 1 7-4, lost to Perinton 2 7-1 and downed the Tri-County Eagles 6-4 in reaching the championship game.
The Thunder won the championship of the Snowbelt League West Division at 18-1-1, and is now 29-7-1 overall.
The 16-Under squad finished second in the state Tier 2 tournament, falling to the Long Island Waves 1-0 in the championship game.
In round-robin play, Homer’s Annabelle Jones was in goal for a 1-0 victory over the Wheatfield Blades while Janesa Corning from Cortland scored in a 2-0 win over Suffolk PAL. Jones stopped 20 shots and Cornish scored twice in a 4-1 win over the West Seneca Wings, while Jones, playing defense, scored a goal in a 2-2 tie with the Camillus Cougars. The only round-robin loss was by 4-1 to the same Long Island squad that won the championship.
Cortland lost 3-2 to host Elmira Saturday, Mike Turck and Dylan Cooper with a goal and assist apiece. No goalie saves were reported.
The first annual Coaches vs. Cops benefit hockey game, pitting Cortland County Youth Hockey Association coaches against Cortland County law enforcement personnel, will take place starting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday 16 at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex.
Admission will be charged for the contests, with all CCYHA players getting in free by wearing their team jerseys. Other activities will also take place, including a Chuck-A-Puck contest and a raffle.
All proceeds will benefit the CCYHA.